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6163
This is a Used Book
Marching or Flying by Night Without a Compass - Click for the bigger picture SoldMarching or Flying by Night Without a Compass

We spotted this modest volume on our travels recently and could not resist it! A very interesting and informative book by Colonel W.A.Tilney , first published in 1915, to aid both soldiers and aviators to find their way home when caught behind enemy lines or over enemy territory . Entitled " Marching or Flying by Night Without a Compass " this soft back example is the 11th edition published in 1940 when no doubt WW11 aviators and ground troops found it equally useful in the days long before GPS! It is in very good used condition and is named on the cover to E.P.Jones . It includes a ‘Timetable of Directional Stars’ for every month of the year and can be used between Latitudes 40 Degrees North - 55 Degrees North. In the introduction Col Tilney states ‘On the conclusion of hostilities in the Great war after the system had been tried and tested hundreds of men serving under my command owe their lives and liberty to this simple process’! The booklet contains fold out maps at the back showing stars in the north and south end of the heavenly dome as well as summer, autumn winter and spring direction stars as per the photographs. Would enhance any collection. Measures 6” x 3.5” ( 15 cm x 9 cm)

Pages: 57
Cover: Soft
Author: Colonel W.A.Tilney

6161 RAF Trench Art Tray 1943 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Trench Art Tray 1943 - We often purchase items of trench art but this little tray is several cuts above most of the examples we see. The tray is made from a heavy lump of brass and beautifully engraved to the centre is a perfect RAF pilots brevet . This is finely worked and unusually the wings and Kings Crown are picked out in silver, whilst the laurel leaves are in bronze. The edge fluting is also in silver as is the wording ‘Egypt’ and the date 1943. Judging by the quality of the work we believe it to have been made using WW11 battlefield scrap by an Egyptian craftsman and sold commercially at the local Souk as a souvenir for an RAF serviceman to take home as a gift for friends and family . We think it fair to describe it as ‘small but beautifully formed’ and would grace either an RAF or trench art collection . Measures 4.25” diameter (10.5 cm).
If trench art is your thing we recommend you check out the fine Royal Tank Regiment example which was purchased from the same source which we are also listing today .

6455 RAF Message Streamer - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Message Streamer - We have occasionally managed to source examples of RFC message streamers, but this one is unusual in that it is Air Ministry marked so this one clearly dates from after the formation of the RAF in 1918 .These double tail streamers were used for dropping written messages from aircrew in the days before radio communications . The streamer created drag thus reducing the speed of the message bag as it fell to the ground and the long colourful tail made location and pick up on the ground simpler.The business end is stamped with a Kings Crown , A.M. and the manufacturers number B27575/39/C.I.(C) which surprisingly seems to date it to 1939! The other unusual thing about this example is instead of containing pig iron for weighting purposes the sealed compartment appears to contain sand . On the opposite side is a press stud closing flap to enable to message to be secured within the streamer . The condition is excellent and the colours crisp and only fault is a couple of very small moth nibbles which hardly notice . Measures 56” ( 142 cm)

4953 RAF Type H Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Type H Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications , for the remainder of the 20th century.This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in March 1985 by MSA ( Britain) ltd and has never been issued . When purchased it came complete in its original packaging in a sealed plastic bag with attached documentation that confirmed it was declared ‘Serviceable’ by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford when last checked in December 1997! This example is marked ‘Small’ and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and male plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C , D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible ‘quick connect’ loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks . If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now bring 30 years old this example is effectively mint and boxed and is in factory fresh condition inside and out .Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can’t guarantee this . These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last genuine ‘mint and boxed’ examples whilst our very limited stocks remain.

6392 Air Ministry Type 35 No 1 Photo Reconnaissance Camera Control Unit - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Type 35 No 1 Photo Reconnaissance Camera Control Unit - Designed to work in conjunction with the F24 camera , first introduced in 1925 used by British and Allied armed forces during WW11 and post war. The F 24 was installed in a wide variety of fighters and bomber aircraft including the PRU Spitfire, the Lancaster and the Mosquito. It was set up to work on the"robot" principle. When the pilot or bomb-aimer presses a button, the rest can be safely left to the T.35 control unit ,an ingenious device which can control a whole series of operations—from a 500 exposure reconnaissance requiring exposures at regular intervals, to the synchronisation of the flash explosion of bomb bursts during an operation . Our unit comes complete with in a fitted storage case marked with an Air Ministry metal plaque confirming Stores Ref nos 14A/1007 (for case) and 14A/943 for the unit. Interestingly the unit appears to have been modified in service and the original stores reference nos ground out and a revised number 14A/3383 added. The instrument itself looks to be in good used condition and still has connecting wires attached so it looks like it has definitely seen service .The top dial can be set to the interval in seconds for the exposures from 5 to 50 seconds The bottom dial controls the number of exposures with a scale from 1 to 125. The unit is marked 24 volts and whilst not dated we believe this to be from the late WW11 period or early post war as the T.35 remained in use until the mid 1950’s when it was fitted to such aircraft as the Canberra . Whilst we are offering as a collectable and can’t guarantee it still works it looks to be in first class condition. The Photo Reconnaissance Unit of the RAF is often undervalued but the PRU boys carried out a critical function often in unarmed aircraft . This controller would make a wonderful addition to a specialist or general RAF collection .Box measures 9.5” x 5.5” ( 24.5 cm x 13.5 cm ) The unit weighs 2.5 kilos unpacked so please check for a delivered price before ordering!



4661 Luftwaffe Officers Fliegermetze Side cap - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Officers Fliegermetze Side cap - A fine officers private purchase example in the standard ‘Schiffchen’ or boat shape. The design was originally adopted in 1935 and was specified to be used when other forms of head-dress was not required to be worn by regulations. Whilst not technically flight clothing they were often taken on operational flights so in the event of being captured aircrew could still be appropriately dressed! This example was originally purchased from one of our customers and has since been in my personal collection . It is made in blue-grey wool of a better grade than used on Other Ranks caps and remains in excellent condition . It comes with silver cord piping on top of the turn-up signifying for officers use and it carries a machine embroidered Luftwaffe eagle and national cockade below.Both are hand stitched to the cap . Inside is equally clean and is lined with a blue-grey cotton twill . It does not have a makers mark and the only stamping is the size which is 55. This example, like many Officers caps of this design, does not have a sweat band is fitted . Like all items offered off our site this is fully guaranteed as an original item and we believe it would be hard to find a crisper example .
4528 WAAF Flight Officers Tunic and Skirt - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Flight Officers Tunic and Skirt - Another scarce WAAF uniform that exudes originality.The tunic carries a makers label to the inside pocket indicting it was tailored by Hector Power of Regent Street, London W1. The label is also named to the original owner who was a A.B.O Keetle; below the name is printed 16/5001 and a date 4/8/42. We have no service history to go with this uniform but it could no doubt be researched. The tunic carries rank lace to a Flight Officer but with a variation in the colour of the two rings so clearly indication when Section Officer Keetle was made up to ‘Flight’ rank (which corresponds to the male rank of Flight Lieutenant).The jacket is in excellent original condition with just the odd snag commensurate with service wear but it has fortunately more or less avoided the ravishes of the dreaded moth. It carries a pair of original ‘A’ lapel badges indication Ms Keetle was a volunteer and is fitted with brass Kings Crown buttons by Gaunt of London .The belt shows minor wear caused by the buckle prongs as you would expect. The matching skirt is again in a similar condition with a side zip fitted to the waist band . Interestingly it looks as though the waist has been taken in at some stage ; judging by the small tunic size this would indicate Flight Officer Keetle was of a modest disposition! In view of the size constraints in the 21st century we believe this one deserves a place in a museum or aviation collection although we have just listed other uniforms which may be more suited for re enactor’s purposes . Examples of genuine wartime issue WAAF uniforms are now very scarce and we don’t anticipate this one being with us for long . If any visitors to the site can add any of Flight Officer Keetle’s service history we would be delighted to add this to our description .
3967d WAAF WW11 Pattern Issue Shirt - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF WW11 Pattern Issue Shirt - We are pleased to offer a rare WAAF issue shirt that came in with a WAAF tunic which we have also just listed . It is in very good issued condition and is made from light blue-grey cotton fabric. Other than a minor stain to the rear right back shoulder we can’t see any other issues in terms of damage, stains or moth. The shirt is clearly cut for the female figure , having pleats let into the front shoulder area .The shirt buttons from the left (female) side and it also carries a small open top patch pocket on the left breast. Inked on the inside collar is a service number 2010225 and it is named to Waters S. The shirt comes with a detachable collar that is Kings Crown and AM marked with the code H544685/41 which would date it to 1941 and is named to Ranson with a service number 451639. Clearly the collar has been mixed up at some stage but it appears to fit correctly and it comes complete with a two period collar studs .The collar shows signs of use but is generally in good shape with just minor age staining and the fabric is not quite as bright as on the shirt , which is to be expected. A near identical example is illustrated on page 81 of Bayley & Ingram’s excellent ‘WW11 British Women’s Uniforms’ reference booklet. No size is marked but we estimate this would be a good fit on a size 14.
OC376 WAAF Officer's WW11 Service Dress Cap - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Officer's WW11 Service Dress Cap - This is one of the scarcer WW11 caps to locate and they don’t often turn up in this size or condition. It is to the standard issue Officer rank pattern made of barathea material and finished in RAF blue;it is in near perfect condition with little wear an no holes, staining or fading . The cloth peak carries parallel stitching following the curve of the peak and is characteristic of the design. The cap features a fine Kings Crown badge with strong colours fixed to a black mohair band. The only issue with this cap was when purchased the ‘chinstrap’ was absent so we have fitted a period patent leather example from a period donor cap that was past saving .Inside the cap carries fine diamond shaped makers label named to Moss Bross of 20-21 King Street, Covent Garden .The label also carries the Moss Bross crest and the date 1881 . This was the year the Moses Brothers moved to their King Street premises. Moss Bross were quality suppliers to the British Military in both World Wars and remain a strong name on the High Street today . The cotton lining has very minor staining to the crown but again is in exceptional condition .No size is marked by the cap is a good fit on a head circumference of 22.5” or c. 56 cm . The cap is not named so we sadly have no idea of it’s history.
3967b WAAF Other Ranks WW11 Pattern Service Cap - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Other Ranks WW11 Pattern Service Cap - Another item that came in with a small WAAF collection we have recently bought. This is example is a very nicely made replica that has clearly had very little use. The cap is in excellent order with no damage and the lining is factory fresh . A brass kings Crown badge is fitted; this could well be an original item . The chin strap is leather and the underside of the black peak is finished in the authentic green wartime specification . It carries no makers marks to indicate its origins and whilst no size is shown we would estimate it being a good fit on a size 22.5” diameter head or c. 56 cm .
3967a WAAF Tunic and Skirt - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Tunic and Skirt - Another item from the small WAAF collection we have in . Here the tunic jacket appears to be an original item and we believe dates to WW11 and unlike the other tunic we have listed today has not been ‘re-clocked’! .It carries a makers label, now somewhat faded, reading M.Walker Ltd, 47 Albemarle Street ,London.The rest has faded away over the years. Below in white ink is B 36 and W 30 which we assume to be the bust and waist sizing. The jacket is to WW11 specification with brass Kings Crown buttons ( made by Gaunt) and a brass belt buckle . The tunic shows some service wear and moth nips but generally in decent display condition . The skirts that came with it is of later manufacture and carries an MOD label stating ‘Skirt Woman's Blue-Grey 1972 Pattern’. The size is marked as 67/64/96; we have no idea what this means but it is small! It was made by Watts & stone Ltd. This again shows some service wear and like the tunic could benefit from a dry clean . Check our the other WAAF related items that came in with this set which we are also listing today .

3967 WAAF Officers Re-Enactors Uniform - Click for the bigger picture SoldWAAF Officers Re-Enactors Uniform - Another item from the small WAAF collection we have in . Here the tunic jacket appears to be an original item and we believe dates to WW11 and unlike the other tunic we have listed today has not been ‘re-clocked’! .It carries a makers label, now somewhat faded, reading M.Walker Ltd, 47 Albemarle Street ,London.The rest has faded away over the years. Below in white ink is B 36 and W 30 which we assume to be the bust and waist sizing. The jacket is to WW11 specification with brass Kings Crown buttons ( made by Gaunt) and a brass belt buckle . The tunic shows some service wear and moth nips but generally in decent display condition . The skirts that came with it is of later manufacture and carries an MOD label stating ‘Skirt Woman's Blue-Grey 1972 Pattern’. The size is marked as 67/64/96; we have no idea what this means but it is small! It was made by Watts & stone Ltd. This again shows some service wear and like the tunic could benefit from a dry clean . Check our the other WAAF related items that came in with this set which we are also listing today .
2025 Air Ministry Binoculars for Night Use - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Binoculars for Night Use - This design is referred to as 'Husan Pilot’ Pattern and are for low light use. No makers details are shown but we understand them to be by Henry Hughes and come complete with issue leather case and neck strap .The design is based on the 1920's Galilean pattern and their low x2.5 magnification and 10° field of view combined with 50 mm objectives gave them exceptional performance in low light. For this reason they were used for various purposes in WW11 including use by RAF aircrew ( including Pathfinder Squadrons)and also were also issued to Airborne Glider pilots ,the Parachute Regiment and Special Forces including those involved in D-Day ‘Operation Market Garden’. We can provide a copy image of Maj. Gen. ‘Boy’ Browning with an identical pair around his neck !These binoculars were clearly issued for RAF use and are marked Ref 6E/338 and carry a Kings Crown and AM stamp .The same detail is repeated on the case together with ‘Binoculars for night Use.’ The optics are crisp and the central focus sharp . The black finish on the heavy brass case shows wear commensurate with their age;the Bakelite eye cups again show minor age related wear.It is rare to find an Air Ministry marked example of these desirable wartime binoculars so grab the opportunity to purchase whilst you can! This is only the second set we have had here in the last 10 years !
6445 Luftwaffe Model 10-76A Replica Schwimmveste - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe Model 10-76A Replica Schwimmveste - This example was purchased in Germany but carries no clues to its origins . Suffice to say someone has gone to a lot of trouble to produce this detailed replica . I had the opportunity to show it to Steve Kiddle of Pegasus Militaria (who we believe makes the best replica RAF Mae Wests on the market) who confirmed it was not his handiwork but agreed it is well executed and would have been both complicated and expensive to produce . This is the early Battle of Britain pattern designated Fl 30156,with the full- back kapoks that proved to be a design fault in that unconscious aircrew were often left in a face down position in the water and which resulted in the modified 10-76 B-1 replacing it in 1943. The vest has some nice detail including the correct wooden peg button arrangement , crutch strap and head flotation pads to the back.This Schwimmveste is the ideal alternative for the re-enactor who does not want to risk a using an original ..or who does not have a £1400 budget to purchase one! This item would also work well on a mannequin or in a museum display. We have no idea if these are being made commercially or if this is a one off ; certainly we have just the one so but it is a comfortable fit over my 42” chest (107.) Overall condition is close to mint .
4132 RAF Aircraft Teardrop Identification Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Aircraft Teardrop Identification Lamp - Dating from WW11 these lamps were mounted on a variety of RAF aircraft including all marks of Spitfire where it was fitted directly behind the canopy aft of the aerial mast . The technical description for it is ‘upward Identification lamp’ and is fitted with a clear teardrop shaped lens hence its more common name . The lamp body is nicely stamped with an AM and kings Crown and the stores reference number 5C/909. No bulb is fitted and whilst sold as a collectable we see no reason , subject to normal checks , that it could be used as intended. The unit is in excellent original condition with just minor storage marks to the paint.Measures 5” (11cm)`
2164 USAAF B-1 Shearling Flight Trousers - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSAAF B-1 Shearling Flight Trousers - An original set with label fitted indicating ‘Property of Air Force U.S.Army’ and manufactured by Perry Sportswear Inc of Newburgh, N.Y. with specification number 94-3085 and A.C.Order nos 4212686 P. The size is marked as Large and the hanging chain is still in place .They are actually in good original condition and the leather is soft and pliable and the shearling lining is sound. They have never had leg pockets fitted. We believe however this set were probably degraded at the end of the war when they came out of service and a knife cut put into into the top right thigh and the braces removed to stop them being re used used ; just one brace strap and buckle remains . We have cemented up the very clean knife cut and they are fine for display and would be ideal on a mannequin .The Conmar zips fitted to the fly and ankles are all original and whilst a little stiff are all functioning correctly . Whilst these are certainly not a mint example we have seen a lot worse and in a scarce large size .
6294 Airplane Mooring Kit Type D -1 - Click for the bigger picture SoldAirplane Mooring Kit Type D -1 - We currently have listed on the site a similar kit which is complete in its fitted canvas case . This one is missing the case but the contents are complete so if you happend to have an empty D-1 Airplane Mooring Kit case this could be exactly what you are looking for; alterntively if you need a set to use this one is for you . The full contents are as shown so waht you see is waht you get. Whilst we stand to be corrected we believe this set was manufactured in the US and was designed to tether aircraft to the ground to avoid them flipping over in a wind. The other suggestion is the kit was designed for mooring seaplanes of the USN but we tend to believe the former use is more likely. In searching on the net we found someone else who found a similar set in the US commented:-

‘Turns out we stumbled on an Airplane Mooring Case and contents Type D-1 36G4465.Part of the equipment package the US Army Air Force required with the WACO aircraft specification in 1936’.

The kit is made up of x18 spikes and we understand the other rods and turning handles were designed to fix the spiked ends securely into the ground on an airfield to enable the aircraft ( Waco or otherwise!) to be tethered to the ground with the coir rope provided . Of course if you have been inspired by E.L.James blockbuster novel this set could then take on a whole new use!The metal parts show some storage and age staining but otherwise in excellent original condition .
3972
This is a Used Book
The Men of The Battle of Britain - Click for the bigger picture SoldThe Men of The Battle of Britain

Men of the Battle of Britain was first published in 1989.This is a second edition published in 1999 to commemorate the 60th anniversary. It acknowledged worldwide as the standard work of reference giving career details of the Allied airmen who qualified for the “immediate” award of the 1939-1945 Star with Battle of Britain Clasp.The book records the service details of the airmen who took part in the Battle of Britain in considerable detail including their RAF service numbers . Where known, postings and their dates are included, as well as promotions, decorations and successes claimed flying against the enemy. There is also much personal detail, often including dates and places of birth, civilian occupations, dates of death and place of burial or, for those with no known grave, place of commemoration. There are many wartime head-and-shoulders photographs. Inevitably the high achievers who survived tend to have the longest entries, but those who were killed very quickly, sometimes even on their first sortie, are given equal status.The author KENNETH G. WYNN was born in London and was at school there during the Battle of Britain. He later served in the RAF, before moving to New Zealand, where he has lived for many years. He has written books on New Zealand holders of the Battle of Britain Clasp, the Charge of the Light Brigade and U-boats. This is a book I have had in my own library for many years and would commend it to anyone with a serious interest in the men behind the most important air battle in history . Amazon currently have just 4 copies of this hard to find edition second hand at prices from £120-£200 . We have just this one example here and at a significant saving ! Our example is second hand but looks to be in virtually as new condition even down to the dust cover .

Pages: 585
Cover: Hard
Author: Kenneth G.Wynn

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This is a Used Book
The battle of Britain - Click for the bigger picture SoldThe battle of Britain

This 50th-anniversary commemorative volume published in 1990 , includes first-hand experiences of those engaged in the greatest air battle in history. The book , which is lavishly illustrated documents all aspects of the 1940 Battle of Britain. This on line feedback describes this book better than I can: ‘Without doubt this is the best introductory text on the Battle of Britain. It gives a very good narrative of the Battle and even the preliminary Phoney War and Battle of France. Major aircraft of the Battle and their armament are also included with technical descriptions, and cutaway illustrations. The book also covers tactics (especially those of the RAF from group down to squadron level, and how Sector Controllers marshalled the Battle), the RAF's use of RDF (radar), a diary of the Battle, a roll of RAF aircrew involved, and all of this is supplemented with a vast amount of very good period photographs. Overall a marvellous book which should be the first port of call for any reader wishing to learn about this most pivotal of air battles. Very highly recommended’. In addition to all this many of 208 pages illustrate in significant detail the flight clothing and equipment used by both the RAF and Luftwaffe back in the summer of 1940 . So all in all an excellent volume for both the historian or aviation collector to add to the library . The dust cover has minor marks but all in all and excellent example .

Pages: 208
Cover: Hard
Author: Richard Townshend Bickers

OC371
This is a Used Book
HMS Victorious Commissioning Book 1966-1967 - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Victorious Commissioning Book 1966-1967

Another commissioning book published by Gale & Polden Portsmouth. The cover shows age staining and fading front and back and the spine shows wear. Despite this the 99 pages are clean and this historic book is perfectly readable despite the passing years . Masses of photographs and cartoons and a comprehensive record of life on board this famous carrier during ‘the swinging sixties’ . If you or family members served on board at this time this is one from the bookshelf remembering the times when the Senior Service had proper fixed wing carriers in the Fleet!

Pages: 99
Cover: Hard
Author: Captain T.S.McIntosh & the Ships Company

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